Monday, October 5, 2009

Hevel Havalim

סאִיז דָאךְ אַלְץ הֶבֶל הַבָלִים, אֵין עוד מִלְבַדו

"This is all fleeting and transient, there is nothing but Him(Hashem)!" ("Hevel Havalim" is found a few times in Koheles-1:2 and 12:8. "Ein Od Milvado" is found in Devarim-4:35)

Rav Shimshon Pincus ZT"L, in his sefer Shabbos Malchusa, speaks of a very meaningful concept; When someone is so overcome with emotion, to the point where no words would suffice to describe what he or she is feeling, one just breaks out in song. This, he states, is why we sing as we welcome in the Holy Shabbos, or more specifically, why we sing certain verses in 'Lecha Dodi' pertaining to Yemos Hamashiach (Days of the Final Redemption). Just as we may prepare all we can for The Redemption to come, and once it does come it will be so beyond anything we could have anticipated, so too by Shabbos-we go through the mundane week, preparing for the Kedusha (Holiness) of Shabbos, but once it arrives, we see how we could have never anticipated such an elevated state of existance that is the Kedusha of Shabbos. We are speechless. This is why, at that point on friday night, we break out in song.
What does this vort have to do with the song above you may ask? Well, after the words in this niggun there's a 'nay nay nay' type of chant that we sing (hopefully I'll have a clip so you could hear it). So, I would like to submit, that here too the 'nay nay nay' is representing our "breaking out in song." I've spoken before about the concept of recognizing the existance of a Borei Olam (Creator of the Universe) in all His Glory bringing an individual an unbelievable level of simcha (happiness). For such a simcha, there are no words. All we can do is break out in song. "...There is nothing but Him!!-Nay nay nay nay nay...!"

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

shalom!

awesome awesome blog. just one question. i LOVE the achas shoalti that you have here as a sample on the right side.

what cd is that from? i want to buy it!

CR said...

Shalom Shalom!
I'm sorry i didn't respond to u the first time u commented about this song(i think it was u). That song is on the CD entitled Nachas Ruach. GREAT album- i highly recommend it.
[btw-you won't see 'Achas Shoalti' as one of the tracks on the CD because each of the six tracks has like 5-6 songs within it-It's on the fourth track towards the end] Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the reply but i need more information. who is the band? nachas ruach by... who?

i cant just search for nachas ruach.

thanks- please let me know

CR said...

Sorry about that- Its an album by Menachem Herman and Yaakov Horowitz. It has a pic of chassidim dancing on the cover. You can probably find it on mostlymusic.com

Anonymous said...

Hi
I was wondering if you have the song Mi bon Siach - who Yevarech Es Hachasan - Ve'es Hakalah...
If you have it, where is it and if you dont, can you post it and its meaning please?
Thank you
-CG

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Anonymous said...

where can i find the tune for hevel havalim?

or@israel said...

is there any beautiful version of *adon olam* that you can share with us please? this tfila is really great as song, and as there is no mantion of G-ds name, you can sing it as a simple song, which is so nice.

Anonymous said...

Hi CR, Great Blog, Mazal Tov!!!
Just a suggestion for your future posts-- it may be useful for readers who don't read Hebrew to have the lyrics in phonetics as well.
I look forward to new posts!! Hope you have the time to add more songs!!
Shalom,
DF (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

it would be awesome if the website would get back to posting songs. i think this website is a tremendous asset and i personally would love to see some new songs get posted.

Bas~Melech said...

Wish you'd revive this blog... listening to the beautiful "Lo avoi" by A Fried and wishing to understand the context/meaning better... :-( Come back!

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